The Byzantine church of St. Matthew of the Sinaites


In the picturesque cobbled streets of the historic center and near the Metropolitan Church of Agios Minas, on Taxiarchou Markopoulou Street, there is a historic Byzantine church.  The church of St. Matthew.

Above the northern entrance of the church, a relief marble slab depicting Matthew the Apostle has been built.

After the occupation of Crete by the Ottomans, it was granted to the Monastery of St. Catherine of Sinai. For the next century, the church was the only operating Orthodox church in Chandax.

Today, it houses a rare collection of pictures, which includes important works of the Cretan School, such as “The Crucifixion” by Georgios Kastrophylakas (1752), “Saint Titus and scenes from the life of the ten martyrs” by Ioannis Kornaros (1773) but also two unsigned pictures of Michael Damascenos.

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